Charleston SC   14 comments

I’ll let the photos tell the story, for the most part.

But just so you get a feel for how laid back we were, really – this is what we did on our vacation:

Left here Friday 4/18 and drove to Charleston SC.
Arrived on Easter Sunday, April 20. Stayed at the King Charles Inn (loved everything about it except the uninspiring views from the windows.)

Walked around our little neighborhood that afternoon and ate for the first time, at Jestine’s Kitchen.

Each morning we went off on an excursion – Monday was a city tour by bus, Tuesday was a boat ride to Fort Sumter, Wednesday we drove out to Middleton Plantation, Thursday we took a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city.

Each afternoon we wandered on foot, exploring different parts of the historic district,shopping, and having “lupper” in a different place each day. Jestine’s was our only repeat on a meal, but once we found Kilwin’s sweet shop on South Market, we made sure to be there every afternoon for an ice cream. It was fabulously good, and the service was great.

Generally, we were back in our room by 5, and asleep by 7. No kidding, really. We are NOT party animals, in case you had a thought like that.

We loved our relaxing time, and were incredibly impressed by the Charleston hospitality. We have experienced “southern hospitality” before, and this had it beat in spades. Amazingly friendly people everywhere we went.

Friday morning early we left and headed up to Baltimore (and IKEA) and Saturday we made the long haul home.

So, here are the photos:
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king charles view from our room

jestine's kitchen

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street 4

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inside ft sumpter cannons

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Even the grocery store was gorgeous – I don’t know about yours, but mine doesn’t look this good!

grocery store

doorway

courtyard 3

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IKEA

Middleton Plantation:

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14 responses to “Charleston SC

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  1. Lovely pictures, what a great trip.

    • thanks – A let me use the new camera I got her for Christmas… funny how that works! It was a great trip to a lovely city. I would love to be in a position to spend winters there. But if not, the occasional vacation is great. πŸ™‚

  2. The photos of the buildings really capture the feel of Charleston!

    • I appeciate you saying that – I just loved all the old houses, the very unique architecture. And all the secret gardens – so lovely.

  3. Looks wonderful.

    • It is a great place to visit. Although, everyone we spoke to said “don’t come in the summer – it is HOT and HUMID.” If we were there in the “cool” spring, then I believe it, and would not dream of returning before autumn. πŸ™‚

  4. It’s funny, my work colleague has just come back from Charleston and was there at the same time as you! Fab pictures. D and I aren’t party animals either but I guess we stay up later & get up later! Bet you’re an early riser?!

    • That is funny! Where did they stay? Be funny if we were on the same tours, etc. Yes, we are early risers – and I was glad, down there, as it was pleasant and cool in the early mornings.

  5. Fabulous pictures. I loved the gates and walks. What the heck kind of chicken was that? He looks like a chicken dressed up to look like a chicken. The pictures give the feeling that the pace is slow and laid back. The horses are beautiful.

    slippedstitches
    • Thank you! I suspect that if you are working there it is not laid back, but if you are visiting there you can make it as laid back as you want. Certainly no one was rushing around like we do up here in the northeast. As for the chicken, I have no idea what kind – but wasn’t he funny? Looked like a cartoon chicken to me. At the plantation in the stable yard there are chickens, peacocks, cats and sheep just wandering around loose. Ducks, etc are also in there, although the ducklings were safely penned up, as were goats, water buffalo and horses. I think they are trying to make it feel as much as possible like it was when it was “real”. They used the water buffalo to work the rice paddies, because horse and oxen got so bogged down in the water. Interesting! Innovative farming at work even in the 1700s.

      • The pictures are awesome. I’m so glad you had good weather.

        • Thanks, Ms Wonder! We did have that one good week they have had in a month or so. I can imagine that the house tour you told me about is incredible. If we go another year, I will try to get there a few weeks earlier so we can enjoy it. Are you a reader? You might want to check out the invention of wings by Sue Monk Kidd if you are – a great story of two sisters in old Charleston and how they changed the world. It was fun to see the setting in real life. πŸ™‚

          • Thanks I will check it out.

          • We read it in book group, and it is the first one in a long time that I could not put down. It wasn’t until I was reading the notes at the end that I found out the sisters were real people. It is a fictionalized version of their lives. And Charleston plays a big role. πŸ™‚

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